I found Cleobella on Instagram a while back and fell in love with their Sasha caplet. This isn’t the first fringe caplet I’ve fallen for (see here, here, here), but I could quickly sew in my head how I could make one so I added it to my sewing list. I was happy to take on the challenge of making one from scratch, but I knew finding a caplet I could build off of would be so much better. Like many items, I put a sequined capelet on my mental shopping list. And what do you know, I scored a gorgeous Indian hand beaded/sequined capelet from a flea market this summer. And for a whopping $4! I was in such disbelief that I practically threw my dollar bills and ran before the nice woman could realize the error of her ways.
Unfortunately, I sewed this project on a long road trip so I don’t have a step by step tutorial. But I did outline the supplies I used and the steps so you can create a fringe capelet for yourself.
WHAT YOU NEED:
Before we start, let’s talk about selecting your fringe. Fringe comes in varying lengthens from 2″ all the way up to 32″ and even longer. Of course the longer the fringe, the more expensive it is. I tried on my cape and measured the longest point I wanted fringe to hit on my body, which was around my hips. I like how the Cleobella caplet has three rows of fringe and decided to do the same. I also wanted the layers to have a good couple inches between their length. With this in mind, I headed to the fabric store. I originally thought I would use three different lengths of fringe, but fringe jumps from 9″ to 12″ to 18″ and 18″ is really long fringe. It would have covered up my bum and it wasn’t the look I was going for. (Of course, you can totally do this if you want.) I held up the different lengths of fringe to get an idea of what it would look like. I decided to do two rows of the same length fringe and just cut the middle row. I did this after I sewed on the fringe. I separated out the middle layer and gave it a hair cut. I also made sure I had enough fringe by laying the fringe along the length of the caplet. This was about a yard so I purchased 3 1/4 yards total of fringe. A little extra just in case. This might be a little over kill on my thought process, but I find it helpful when I see other people’s projects and understand why the did what they did.
Now for the construction. I sewed the 9” fringe along the bottom edge of the caplet and two 12″ rows on the top. I applied with the 9” fringe along the bottom first. I again placed the fringe along the length of the caplet, cut the fringe, and used a lighter to melt the edges to prevent the fringe from falling apart. Use fire safety precautions for this step. Next, I started at one side and pinned the fringe along the edge of the capelet. Be sure to use pins with glass or plastic heads or your pins will fall through the fringe and get lost. I hand sewed on the fringe using a running straight stitch. Every few inches I tied a knot to reinforce the stitching. This way if the fringe rips then the whole row wouldn’t fall off. I continued this same pin and stitch process for the next two rows.
My favorite part of fringe – the twirl! This was a great project for those of you learning to hand stitch. You can make a garment with minimal effort and get tons of practice hand stitching. I’m sure a with little internet sleuthing or antiquing you too can find a sequin caplet to create your own fringe caplet. Happy hunting!